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Ken Munro is the news editor. Please let him know about village news and events via Contact Us on the main menu or on 07880801674.

Shotesham Ford – Norfolk Council have given notice that Mill Lane either side of the Ford will continue to be closed until further notice, click here for notice and alternative routes. 

Naidens Lane – looks like we’re slowly being closed in! After a walk through Naidens Lane, NCC have decided to close this road(?) / bridleway / footpath until further notice. As there is no repair plan as yet, there is no estimate on when it will re-open. 

A Shotesham winter sunset…..bootiful!
The DIARY – Click here

A Shotesham Warm Welcome – Thursday afternoons at the Trinity are finished for the summer, but the team will be in touch soon regarding a monthly gathering at Grove Farm, look forward to seeing you there.

Shotesham yoga –  yoga continues on a weekly basis from 18.30 – 19.30 on Wednesdays. Enquiries via our very own Shotesham Yoga teacher, Kendra –kendracollier0@gmail.com or 07748009411

And Pilates Class now active at Shotesham Park…NEW CLASS Pilates Sculpt

Walking in Shotesham –  The first Sunday in every month will now become the regular walk day, There is a  WhatsApp group which will be organising other impromptu walks, for info or to join contact Ken via WhatsApp on 07880801674.

A windy walk in Feb below, cya in June!
Can one of you twolegs make your minds up!

Shotesham Screen….new season starts in September.

Shotesham Bowls Club – The club is on Brooke road. We welcome new members both seasoned players or beginners. We play competitively in a number of leagues and have a friendly “roll up” every Saturday afternoon during the summer when beginners can learn the game. Do come along, we look forward to seeing you.
For more info.call John on 499541 or Sheila on 498876

Moonshine on the Globe early in the year, but now we’re into sunny pizza Fridays ☀️

Shotesham DuckRace was a great success in spite of the weather. The rain went off at 11.50 and those of us who got damp (and I got two boots full) were in or around the Beck! 177 ducks entered the water, and were cheered and driven and pushed and willed on by a good crowd, all with eyes on, not the winners prize, but who might fall in the Beck. Luckily no-one did and, after a minor hitch under a bush, the winners were led him by Mike Knight’s, 2nd – Cody Bayliss & 3rd – Pete Stevens. Well done them, and thanks to all who turned out! 

Fun Runners – 31st Dec..

Shotesham History Talk – due to popular demand, Sara will be repeating her illustrated talk on Friday 17th May, Trinity Hall, 7.30pm Tickets are £5 and proceeds will go to Shotesham Heritage Group. There is limited seating so please book by contacting Sara Webber on 550190 or webber.sj@btinternet.com. 
Shotesham Gardeners Bring and Buy Plant Sale will be held at Trinity Hall on Sat 18th May, gates open at 10am. Come along, have a cup of coffee, meet friends and browse the wide and varied selection of plants and seedlings on sale. If you have plants you would like to sell, bring them along at 9.30 on the Saturday, or take them to Sue Astbury’s Rectory Farmhouse, The Street, earlier in the week.
Despite the beauty of our village, we now have two plants which we need to be vigilant for :-We have an increasing problem with the plant Alexanders (see photo below) which, although edible, is extremely invasive and threatens to overwhelm our other wild flowers. This year we hope to make a significant impact on its growth. If you have any in your garden or on your boundary can you make an effort to destroy it, now before it makes seed.  To help identify it if you’re not familiar with this plant we have put pictures on the notice boards and website. Click here for more info 
And, talking of invasive plants, there is another important and very recent problem with the arrival of significant areas of Hemlock. This appeared in abundance last year along the roadside to Stoke, on the common near the horse chestnut tree and a little on church hill (and in the editor’s garden!!) amongst other places. This as its name suggests is a highly poisonous plant, especially its seeds and remains so even when it is dry. It is potentially dangerous to cattle and perhaps to children who could be tempted to use the hollow stems as peashooters.
Only a little was cut  last year even though we tried to make people aware of it and this year it seems  stronger, both of these plants should be taken seriously. Click here for photos, and Norfolk Wildlife Trust will give advice on clearing this in sensitive areas. 

Shotesham Common 
– The Trustees of Shotesham Common have been given permission by Natural England and will be continuing to carry out some work on the common over the following months. Just to explain what we are doing and why:
We will be manually cutting back sections of the banks of the beck on an annual basis, where Willow Herb has dominated, to enable birds and mammals to have access to the water.
We will be manually cutting Alder saplings and trees. Over the years these have changed the open landscape and caused drying out of the wetland meadows, which is contrary to the management agreement we have with Natural England.
If you would like any further information, contact either Ed Howard edhoward54@gmail.com or myself floracot@btinternet.com.
Bernie Fenn, for Trustees of Shotesham Common

Wildlife in Shotesham – who knew we had so many different wildlife species on our doorstep?! Village resident, Andy Musgrove is busy collecting and collating them all and, whilst in his own words he hasn’t got them all yet, click here for a few to be getting on with. Careful though, it could make your hair stand on end!!

…And in Joys Loke….

 Courtesy of Tom Higgin

St Martins Church looking good – also see video at St Martin’s Church sub menu via Churches and the PCC heading above – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMfP1tx642g  (copy and paste link) 

Despite all the apparent awareness, people are still looking to take advantage of any weaknesses. As always, please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, DO NOT give out any private or secure info over the telephone, and remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101. 

 SCAM AWARE! – A number of new scams have been notified by Norfolk Association of Local Councils, some of which I certainly haven’t heard of before and are well worth checking out – click on this link for details – https://mailchi.mp/52e6f8561225/scams-dont-get-fooled-again?e=7f9e357c98

Community information….

Hints and Tips for correct recycling – click here What goes in your recycling bin. 2023

Anglian Water’s Priority Services Register is in place to help lots of people with different needs and is completely free, click here for more info

Local Council ‘stuff’

Norfolk Citizens Advice have launched a new initiative to assist individuals in need – Grants for Individuals in need database. The database is funded as part of the Coordinated Community Support Programme and is open access on the Norfolk Citizens Advice website. The database contains largely small local grant giving organisations that operate in Norfolk.
The webpage contains:

  • Brief information on how to use the database
  • A short video demonstration
  • A tips document on maximising successful applications with hints and tips from grant organisation trustees
  • A feedback link to report out of date information, suggest organisations to include,  or just give feedback on your experience of using the database

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s ‘Settle in Services’ are looking for dedicated volunteers who wish to give something back to their local community. Volunteers meet patients on their day of discharge from hospital to help settle them back in to their own environment. Click here for more information 

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our new local police officer is  PC Tom Goodrum who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, Tom can be contacted at Thomas.goodrum1@norfolk.police.uk 

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